This unit was created to teach students test-taking strategies that will help them do their best on multiple choice and open-ended Standardized test questions.
INCLUDED IN THIS RESOURCE:
1. 10 mini lesson statements and detailed teaching instructions for each.
2. 10 sample mini lesson anchor charts (your anchor charts will look different based on the mentor texts you choose to use and the responses from your students, but you can use the same outline as provided).
3. ‘I Can’ statement cards for each lesson. These are great to post in the room, at a literacy station, glued into readers’ notebooks, or posted at a small group table.
4. Teacher questions to support each ‘I Can’ statement.
5. 27 Vocabulary cards with definition cards (answer keys included). These are great to practice understanding common key words found within questions on standardized tests.
6. A short vocabulary quiz to assess mastery of key vocab. words (answer keys provided).
7. A certificate of mastery you can give students to build their confidence and tell them you think they are ready for the test!
8. 14 different styles of brag tags for rewarding students for all their hard work and learning.
This two-week unit focuses on what good test-takers think about and do during a standardized test. The lessons are setup to follow the reading workshop format so that the regular classroom procedures and expectations can be followed.
Once the targeted testing strategy is taught in the mini lesson, students can practice their test-taking skills with practice tests.
***Please note, this unit does NOT contain practice tests. Hopefully you have practice packs of reading passages with multiple choice questions and writing prompts. If not, there are countless standardized test resources available for practice. It is recommended that you choose the best resources for your students as practice tests during this unit. You might also prefer to have students continue their normal routine of reading, writing, and center work during the independent work time.